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What to Do with One Day in Copenhagen, Denmark

As a little girl, my favorite fairytale was “The Princess and the Pea.” So when I found myself with a long layover and one day in Copenhagen, I could not resist the opportunity to venture out to Nyhavn, the place where Hans Christian Anderson lived when he wrote my favorite story and many others. Postcard-perfect […]

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Day Trip to Mostar from Dubrovnik – Discover Bosnia and Herzegovina

The small Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina had never really been on my radar as a place to visit.  But while visiting Croatia, I had the opportunity to take a day trip to Mostar from Dubrovnik. It was the photo of Stari Most, the old bridge, that originally drew me in, but there’s so […]

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Trips to Venice: Top 12 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy is a magnificent city that is full of culture, religious history, and stunning architecture. The ancient buildings, 150 beautiful canals, and impressive structures make Venice a city that is unlike any other on Earth. It is the perfect place for a magical getaway that charms and enchants visitors who make trips to Venice. […]

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Holidays in Sweden: Småland – Castles, Crystal, and Culture

Easy to reach from Stockholm, Småland is one of Sweden’s most beautiful areas, full of authentic Swedish experiences, culture, and outdoor natural beauty to enthrall your holidays in Sweden. I know, the first thing that popped into your head was the “Småland playground” at IKEA.  It’s true that the Scandinavian furniture distributor started from the […]

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Castle Rooms: 30 European Castles You Can Stay In

Castle vacations are all the rage, and why not? Who doesn’t want to channel their inner king, princess, knight, or jester by staying in authentic castle rooms! Europe arguably offers the most diverse castle experience, with lodging ranging from medieval mansions to opulent palaces, to delightful chateaux. Below are some recommendations for your castle break.  […]

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Things to Do in Lviv, Ukraine’s Most Beautiful City

Vibrantly-painted examples of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture rise up above me on all sides.  I think to myself, I need blinders to walk through the cobblestone alleys in Lviv’s UNESCO old town.  My eyes were constantly being drawn away from the uneven path directly in front of me to the magnificent buildings in my […]

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Best Things to Do in Gdansk, Poland

It wasn’t the typical “see the view” tower that I’d climbed in so many other Central European cities.  Taking on the lofty turret in St. Mary’s church proved a worthy opponent.  The massive 14th-century Gothic basilica is the largest brick ecclesiastical structure in the world, and the 400 timeworn spiral steps to the viewing platform […]

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Kryivka Lviv: Ukraine’s Most Fun Restaurant

If you only go to one place for dinner in Lviv, Ukraine it should be Kryivka.  Here, you get not only food but an entire World War II Insurgence Army experience. But first, you have to find it… Lviv is the prettiest European city that you’ve never heard of. Located in western Ukraine near its […]

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Amazing Azores Holidays: Sao Miguel Road Trip Planner

Officially part of Portugal, São Miguel is the largest of the islands in the Azores archipelago.  More than half of the Azores’ population calls this island home. Also known as “the green island,” it’s all about nature and enjoying the outdoors in São Miguel. The island is packed with volcano craters, lagoons, small rivers, natural […]

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Conquering Communism: Best Things to Do in Warsaw This Year

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and guided us into an area where partially destroyed, bullet-ridden brick structures were oddly […]

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